The call for session proposals is now open until Monday, April 24, 2017.

The program committee entertains proposals for symposium sessions. They may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. For this event, your program committee especially encourages proposals that address our theme, and include IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, including growers, facility managers, consultants and others.

The proposals should include the title, a proposed slate of speakers, and a 250-word abstract. Program sessions will be organized in ninety-minute time blocks. In addition to multiple speaker sessions, planners will also welcome proposals for discussion, roundtable, or question-and-answer formats on specific topics. Proposals should include how these formats will be facilitated.

This call is only for multi-speaker sessions, not for individual presentations. Individual presenters are encouraged to consider submitting poster presentations. The call for poster submissions will be announced later this year.

The symposium sessions will be divided into tracks based on emerging themes and will address various aspects of integrated pest management (IPM) across disciplines and around the world.

Session Organizer Expectations

Session organizers will be expected to:

  • Secure speakers to fill the allocated time, as needed
  • Serve as liaison with Symposium coordinators for session organization
  • Submit individual speaker contact information to Symposium coordinators
  • Submit presentation titles and abstracts from individual speakers for inclusion in final proceedings
  • Collect PowerPoint presentations from individual speakers, as needed
  • Serve as moderator of the session (or find one) at the Symposium


Here are a few topic ideas that have been suggested; other topics are welcome:

  • Agricultural pest management practice improvements
  • Chesapeake Bay region issues
  • Climate change and its impact on pests
  • Commodity topics for growers
  • Communicating benefits of IPM
  • Communicating IPM using social media
  • Invasive plants
  • IPM alternatives to fumigants
  • IPM in various agricultural systems
  • Mental health outcomes of bed bug infestations
  • New pests and challenging problems
  • Pesticide misuse/pesticide residue persistence in low-income housing
  • Pesticide safety
  • Recruiting/educating the next generation of IPM deliverers
  • Selling IPM to growers
  • Structural pest management issues
  • Successful national policies/strategies from other countries
  • The effect of cockroach or mouse control on asthma outcomes
  • Use of nanoparticles in IPM
  • Vertebrate pest issues

New for this event, the program committee has also identified four topics to be covered as mini-symposia sessions with designated organizers:

  • Biocontrol and biopesticides
  • Neonicotinoid insecticides and pollinators: state of the science on risks, alternatives; and pollinator protection from pesticides generally
  • Pesticide resistance, technologies and strategies
  • Social and economic effects of IPM, positive and negative

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions as a speaker and not the organizer, please contact Elaine Wolff at, and she will connect you to the appropriate organizer.


Session proposals should be limited to 250 words and must be submitted online by Monday, April 24, 2017 for full consideration. Submitters will be notified if their session has been accepted by August 2017.



As at past symposia, limited “Program Enhancement” funds for speaker support may be available. Program enhancement funds may only be requested, and if granted, used for registration and travel expenses for invited speakers from outside the “regular IPM Community” and individuals without specific IPM-related sponsorship including growers, certified crop consultants, students, non-governmental agency personnel and non-university educators. Applications for these funds will be made available after the proposals have been reviewed.


For more information, contact Elaine Wolff, Symposium Coordinator, at